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Chautauqua tent shows 'Women's Work: Campaigning for Social Change' debuts this week

Delaware’s 22nd annual Chautauqua tent shows run two successive weeks - starting this Thursday and Friday.



This year focus is the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment - granting women the right to vote.

The Chautauqua tent shows titled “Women’s Work: Campaigning for Social Change” will be virtual, rather than in person this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Bridget Warner is a site supervisor for the Zwaanendael Museum in Lewes - the site of this week’s shows.

"Some of the things that are going to be going on - we have the American Historical Theater from Philadelphia; they are going to be portraying several actresses and actors like suffragists - Carrie Chapman Catt, Alice Paul and Lucretia Mott," said Warner. "We have some speakers from the Daughters of the American Revolution.”  

Warner says a speaker from the Rehoboth Art League (RAL) will also discuss local artist Ethel Leach who was instrumental in the founding of the nonprofit.

Warner explains how the Chautauqua tent shows got started.

“The Chautauqua tent shows actually started in Lake Chautauqua in New York and they still go on every year in that area. They have different educational venues; they have entertainment; they’ve had presidents; they have actors and singers," said Warner. "It’s a cultural several-week thing that people can sign up for and go and just learn different aspects of history.”  

The Chautauqua tent shows are set for Thursday and Friday, September 10 and 11 and Saturday and Sunday, September 19 and 20. More information and registration for the Zoom shows is available at the event's website.

Delaware Public Media' s arts coverage is made possible, in part, by support from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency dedicated to nurturing and supporting the arts in Delaware, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.